April 23, 2013 vs. Hardin County
A struggling Eagles baseball team hosted the Hardin County Cougars last Tuesday. The Eagles came into the game with an unimpressive 8-7 record.
After allowing the Cougars to score a run in the top of the 1st inning, the Eagles came out swinging. Tylour Daubert was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the inning. He scored on Dylan Graves’ double. Graves scored on an RBI single from Dallas Bent. Alex Ross singled to put runners on first and third just in front of Blake Crain’s RBI single. Austin Krelo delivered an RBI single of his own to plate the fifth Eagle run of the inning. Lane Wright singled and Daubert reached on an error in front of Graves’ 2-run single. The Eagles closed the inning with a walk, an RBI double by Bent and another RBI single from Ross. When the dust cleared at the end of one inning the Eagles led 11-1.
The Cougars scored a run in the 3rd inning and two in the 4th to cut the margin to 11-4. A big bottom of the 4th inning by the Eagles doomed the Cougars. Two walks and a Crain single loaded the bases. Wright picked up a two-run single. After another walk and a flyout, Christian Stafford smacked a 2-run single to left field. Bent followed with a long two-run double to right center. The Eagles added two more runs on three walks and a Cougar error.
The Cougars managed a couple of unearned runs in the 5th inning to provide the final margin. Austin Krelo worked three effective innings on the mound allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out four to earn the victory. Alex Ross worked the final two innings to close out the Eagles’ 19-6 victory over the Cougars.
April 24, 2013 vs. Pope County
The Pope County Pirates came to town on Wednesday. The Pirates jumped all over some poor Eagle defense in the 1st inning and took a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles scored a couple runs in the bottom half of the inning. Tylour Daubert led off with a base hit. He advanced to second on a balk and came around to score on a wild pitch. The Eagles added another run via a walk, a groundout and another wild pitch.
Pope pushed the margin back to 6-2 with a single runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the first nine Eagles reached base. Dallas Bent, Alex Ross and Blake Crain all singled to load the bases. Christian Stafford drove in the first run on an error. Dom Tedeschi added an RBI fielder’s choice that saw Tedeschi reach first base safely. Austin Krelo followed with a 2-run single. Jarrod Wiggs was hit by a pitch. Daubert delivered an RBI single to plate Tedeschi. Dylan Graves walk forced in another run. Alex Ross got his second hit of the inning, a 2-run single and Stafford closed out the scoring with another RBI single.
When the dust settled the Eagles had a 10 run inning (the 2nd in as many days) and led 12-6. Pope was held scoreless the rest of the game. The only other Eagle scoring came in the 4th inning. After a pair of walks, Graves had a 2-run double to provide the final margin. Lane Wright picked up the win on the mound for the Eagles. He lasted three innings allowing six runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out four and walked three. Daubert worked the final four innings for his first save of the season. He only allowed two hits while striking out five and walking two.
April 25, 2013 vs. Goreville
The Johnson County baseball fans were in for a treat when the Blackcats came to town last Thursday. A classic pitcher’s duel took place as Goreville starter, Alex Andros and Vienna starter, Dylan Graves each matched zeroes through the first four innings.
Goreville broke the scoreless tie in the 5th inning on a pair of hits and a squeeze bunt to provide the 1-0 cushion.
In the Eagle half of the 6th inning, Graves reached on a leadoff single. After a Goreville timeout and some strategizing, Dallas Bent walloped the first pitch deep into left field for a home-run.
The Cats managed to get a runner on base in the 7th inning, but three groundball outs handed the Eagles the win. Graves allowed one run on five hits, he walked one and struck out five to even his record at 3-3. The Eagles only managed three hits (two in the 6th inning) off of Andros in the game, but got the big hit when needed.
April 26, 2013 @ Hamilton County
The Eagles looked to continue their winning ways with a trip to McLeansboro to face the Foxes.
HamCo grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st. The Eagles scored three times in the 2nd inning. Blake Crain led off with a single and moved to third on an error. After Austin Krelo stole second base, Christian Stafford drove in both runs with a 2-run single to left. Stafford would later score on a passed ball.
HamCo scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning to cut the lead to 3-2. The Eagles added single runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings to carry a temporary 5-2 lead.
The Foxes scored a pair of unearned runs in the 5th inning to cut the deficit to 5-4. Daubert walked, leading off the Eagle 6th inning. He promptly stole second base and scored two outs later on an RBI single from Alex Ross.
The Eagles blew it open in the top of the 7th inning. Lane Wright singled to get things started. After Stafford reached on an error, Jarrod Wiggs got an RBI single scoring Wright. Both, Stafford and Wiggs, scored on a miserable infield play that saw Daubert end up on third. Crain drove in the final run with a clean single up the middle. Dallas Bent earned the pitching victory. He allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked four and struck out five.
Austin Krelo worked the final two innings to earn his second save of the year. Krelo didn’t allow a hit over the two innings but walked three and struck out two as the Eagles pushed their winning streak to four games.
April 29, 2013 vs. Elverado
The Eagles hosted the Falcons of Elverado on Monday night in a makeup game.
The Falcons used a home-run and an Eagle error to take a 2-0 lead. The Eagles used a pair of singles by Dylan Graves and Tylour Daubert, a pair of wild pitches, and a Dallas Bent RBI groundout to tie the score.
Elverado gained a 3-2 lead after scoring in the top of the 3rd inning. In the Eagle half of the 3rd, Daubert led off with a walk. Graves smacked an RBI double that scored Daubert from first base. Graves stole third and scored on an strikeout when the Elverado catcher had to retire the batter at first. Bent reached on an error and his courtesy runner scored on a wild pitch.
The Falcons cut the lead to 5-4 in the 4th inning. In the Eagle half of the 4th, Lane Wright reached on a walk, advanced to second base on a passed ball, and scored on a Graves RBI single. Graves went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and then stole home when the catcher tried to pick him off at third. The Eagles led 7-4 after four innings.
Elverado cut the margin to 7-5 in the 6th inning and left the tying run on base when Eagle catcher, Dallas Bent picked the Falcon off of third base to end the threat. The Eagles plated three insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. After a hit batter and a walk, Graves launched a deep 2-run triple to left center. He scored one pitch later on an RBI single by Bent. Daubert worked the first five innings on the mound to earn his first win of the season. He allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits, he struck out eight and walked three. Austin Krelo picked up his third save (and second consecutive) by working the final two innings. He didn’t allow a hit or a run while striking out three and walking three.
The Eagles record now stands at 13-7 with regional pairings due out by the end of the week.
The Black Diamond Conference record stands at 5-3 with two to play. The Eagles host Century on Wednesday and Johnston City on Thursday.